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We're making an animated video for our song "Shot in the Dark"
Tragic Gadget
Los Angeles, California
United States
6 Team Members

“Shot in the Dark” is a song about taking chances. It’s about pushing your fear aside and chasing that thing that makes you happy. In the spirit of that pursuit, Tragic Gadget has spent the better part of our lives writing and recording music.

We recently brought in a bunch of ultra-talented musicians from LA and around the country to help us record music for our Crane Song EP. We found that the more people we reached out to, the more exciting the project became. With that in mind, it only seems natural that the visual parts of this project would be born out of collaboration as well. As we approach the final stages of the recording process and prepare to finally release these songs that’ve given us such purpose over the past year or so, we’d like to do so with a little bit of pomp and circumstance.   

We wanted to tell a story about doing what you love in spite of all the reasons not to.


The Project:

We asked ourselves: “What would a music video for this song look like?” and decided on the story of a bee hopelessly in love with a distant flower. Chris drew it out on a piece of notebook paper and, more or less on a whim, we sent that drawing to some friends of ours. They let us know that they got the picture, but that they also like, got the picture. We toyed with the idea of making an animated short to accompany the song, but then the toying became planning and the planning became a job. And so…

Tragic Gadget couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that the Crane Song EP will be coming out in conjunction with an animated short by the SF Bay’s award-winning Chinese Takeout Films and illustrator Pamela Goodman. They’re lovely people making really cool films and we’re so glad to be partnered with them. Everybody involved is excited to keep working on it and we’d love for you to be involved too. 

From April 23rd through May 13th, when you make a pledge to support our video campaign, you'll also be unlocking a treasure chest of brand new Tragic Gadget music and media for yourself.


Where does the money go?

Our ultimate goal is that with your help we’ll have a gorgeous animated short film to roll out this August. A significant portion of the money we raise will cover the animation costs. If we don't manage to reach our entire goal, the funds we raise will go directly towards the cost of animation. Here's how the budget breaks down:
  • Animation Costs
  • Indiegogo and Paypal Fees
  • Studio Rental
  • Musicians
  • Unforeseen Production Costs



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Meet filmmakers Tim and Abe, and check out some animation test clips!

Click the youtube link or check it out on the campaign updates page! 


Abe provided a sample storyboard page of the video:

"Shot in the Dark" Storyboard Sample Page 02

Pamela sketched out these great characters for the video:

Pamela's Character Sketches

Pamela's Character Sketches


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raised by 90 people in 22 days
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$7,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on May 14, 2013
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  • $5USD

    Thank you for contributing to our campaign! For what it's worth, we already thought you were pretty special. What do you say we send you an exclusive live version of Shot in the Dark?

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $10USD

    You'll get the Crane Song EP+ which includes additional material.

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  • $25USD
    Happy Bee

    You've struck Digital Deluxe gold! You'll get the Crane Song EP+, as well as a collection of B-Sides and Lives. That's a lot of songs to sing along to!

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  • $50USD

    This includes all the music in the Digital Deluxe package and unlocks behind the scenes video content.

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  • $150USD

    You'll receive the Digital Deluxe package AND we'll write you a 30-second personalized jingle.

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    Queen Bee

    You'll receive the Digital Deluxe package AND we'll shoot a jingle video in your honor.

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